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March 26, 2021

They Did It Down In Freo

They Did It Down In Freo

They did it down in “Freo”,
They polished up the town,
Upped the rates on business
And closed a whole lot down.
Set the pace at a frantic rate
And milled the traffic round.

They could do what they did in “Freo”
If no-one makes a sound:
Up the rates on vignerons
And make the trucks go round.

They’ll not shift the fishing boats
And the trucks won’t go around.

Cease the incessant chatter
Of harvesters all night,
Stop the tractors’ diesel rattle
And flashing yellow lights,
Reduce the risk of spraying mist;
Simply bulldoze the vines.

They could do what they did in “Freo”
If no-one makes a sound.


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March 26, 2021

Industry On The Swan

Industry On The Swan

There’s backyards in the valley
Right on the southern end
And the shire dump all their product
For road making and such.
There’s a steady stream of traffic
Carting to and fro and the rigs are getting bigger
Thanks to Charlton, Court and correct.

Now they’ve planned a new schoolhouse
‘Tween the mill and brickyard lights
And you should see the line up
At 9am to 3 each night.
There’s Volvos and Mercedes and every make between
With carry cots and safety seats.
And baby sleeping signs
As they vie for position with no passing lane,
Depositing their older kids, dodging north and south road train,
Dodging tippers carting clay in,
Dodging brick trucks heading out
And the shire joins the antics carting tar and stone about
And up and down the valley there’s black marks on the road
Where the housewife or the farmers tangled with a heavy load.

And you’ll hear the hiss of air brakes and the klaxon horns command
As he drops down half a dozen gears and directs the rig around.

This process is repeated throughout the valley drive
And it’s a credit to the drivers there’s not some loss of life.

It’s great to see light industry flourishing on the Swan;
Great to be part of it involved here on the Swan.


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March 22, 2021

Comes with the Life

Comes with the Life

“It’s a pace,” he said,
“Comes with the life”,
As his arm stretched out,
Palm turned upright.

It’s the way things are,
Out on the Swan,
Not much more to add,
Just took half the night
And a decent taste
Of valley wine.

Sunburnt arms and calloused hands implore
Tanned faces stoic reprimand
On row on row of fresh hoes dirt
Of steady trickle irrigate
Bursting in tangled jungle vines
Tractors working down the lines.

“It’s a pace,” he said,
“Comes with the life”.
Pushing back his hat,
Squinting against the light.


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March 19, 2021

George Street, Middle Swan

George Street, Middle Swan

I’ve always had a backhoe
For digging holes and stuff
And, of course, I need to shift it,
So I’ve got an old Mack truck.

I’ve got a coupla trailers
‘Cause there’s always loads to cart
That help to make the payments
And reduce the overdraft.

I’ve got a block of land
Out of Midland on the Swan
And every time the Mack’s come home
We’ve stacked the backload on.

There’s trusses scrounged from Westrail
There’s trusses ex nor-west
Pipe for making stockyards
And a stack of new and used fan belts
That’d fit most anything
If you only knew the size.

The neighbours were at first amused
Interest growing in the pile
But as it progressed down the fence,
Spreading nice and wide,
Amusement turned to great concern
And they approached the Shire
Who steadily compiled a file.

They couldn’t do before shots,
The pile obscured the vines,
And the road once known as George Street’s
Now a wrecker’s parking lot.
There’s trucks, cranes and dollies
And piles of pipe and snot
Diligently recorded
In after comments and shots!

They put a case together
Based on non-approval from the Shire
To use the land for anything
Than the agricultural side
And made detailed arrangements
To clean up Taylor’s George Street lot.

They consulted with the owners
And sipped tea in the shade.
They walked the course
And sighted lines
To where it would be cleared,
Then after shifting several lots,
Some to the tip,
Some left on chocks,
The pile just seemed to ebb and flow
As the Mack would come and go.

Then the Shire in desperation
Issued a final ultimatum:
There’ll be no trailers,
There’ll be no Mack,
There’ll be no new house down the back!
Remove the backhoe from the block.
Desist from stacking road trains of snot.
You’ve got 10 days to clear the block!

They consulted with the owners
And sipped long cups of tea.
They walked the course
And measured up where the new house would be.
As the future was discussed
They boys kept loading up the truck
Until George Street was straight and clear.
Truck parked neatly, screened at the rear.

👍 jt

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March 12, 2021

Tracking Back

Tracking Back

There’s bits left by the roadside,
Little bits left as I go,
Markers for me coming back,
Markers spaced around the run.

Tracks criss-cross,
Time for none.
Brilliant bits glare in the sun,
Blazing torches as night falls,
Flare paths forging
All points north.

Long lost ranges,
Longer stares.
Bits torn off,
Rack back there.

Jigsaw markers carefully retrieved,
Patching pieces on a tear,
Tracking back;
Soon be there.

👍 jt

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> Now available at Lulu.com (Digital ePUB version) for AU$3.50
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> 1st edition of “The Ute” (34pp shorter) still available on Kindle (Kindle)
> For our US friends, A “ute” is a utility vehicle; a pickup truck.
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March 5, 2021

Time out on the Swan

Time out on the Swan

They had a vision splendid to work out on the Swan,
Encouraging development in art and wine and song.
Some bought their dream, some scraped and saved,
Others just moved on,
Cashing in their properties out there on the Swan.

They had a vision splendid requiring office space
To house more office jockeys – help regulate their pace.
They have their vision splendid, sat in the Swan shire tower
Purple circle motions insidious brown shirt power,
Vision splendid on the frontline, some upped stumps and left the Swan,
Changing seasons, cultures dictate time out on the Swan.

👍 jt

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> 1st edition of “The Ute” (34pp shorter) still available on Kindle (Kindle)
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February 25, 2021

You’re in the Country

You’re in the Country

When tractor trailer units
Are novelties to comment on,
Once piled high with produce
Delivering round the Swan,

When one fifth acre holdings
Are the norm and creeping on,
And the red loam fertile valley
Grows brick condominions,

When industry is hemmed in
By creeping urbania,
Permits and grants are nothing
Against a politician’s likes,

Build up a comfy buffer zone
Round your winery or truck
To hedge against new neighbours;
My friend, I wish you luck.

Rates levied will rock you
And they’ll increase every half
As one fifth acre properties
Encroach closer every year,

And you’ll look ever despondently
At prices from your crop
And finally flog off your hedge
Against the other lot

Which lobs you in suburbia:
No spray mist or cattle yards;
Wine comes in by courier –
No space for vines or truck.

Talk about spray mist
Before talking of sub- divide,
About wineries and tractors,
About glaring arc lights.

Mention there’ll be cattle
Worked in those rustic yards
And the soft low
Turns to bawling
As they’re hot brand and ear marked.

Disregard the four-lane highway
And fast commuter train:
You’re out here in the country
And agriculture hasn’t changed.

👍 jt


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September 2, 2019

Swan Valley Central

Swan Valley Central

Swan Valley Central’s
every pub n every
cafe/restaurant
serves good grub.

Swan Valley’s a good place
to be relaxing in close harmony
with horse events
and quaint collectors lots
show-cased on a Valley plot
along with Magic Millions Auction block.

Swan Valley is the place to be,
fine dining,
wine ‘n’ everything
a tourist would expect to see.

Jt.


JT’s novel “The Ute” is now physical
the ute novel physical copy
> Available from Lulu.com in Paperback (pictured) for AU$24.99
> Now available at Lulu.com (Digital ePUB version) for AU$3.50
> Also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble book stores.
> 1st edition of “The Ute” (34pp shorter) still available on Kindle (Kindle)
JT on Facebook

Paperback Electronic
Weight 0.41kg 0kg
Pages 238pp big writing 2000pp
Dimensions (cm) 14.81 x 20.98 4 dimensional


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They Did It Down In Freo
Industry On The Swan
Comes with the Life
George Street, Middle Swan
Tracking Back
Time out on the Swan
You’re in the Country
Swan Valley Central